April 29, 2014

Internet Explorer Vulnerability

By Mike Holliday

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team), have issued an advisory for users of Internet Explorer (IE) to discontinue use of IE until it is patched by Microsoft. The vulnerability is active and is being used to exploit and compromise systems.  Data and personal information are at high risk.

CERT has recommended users switch to another browser (Firefox/Chrome) until Microsoft has issued a fix.  As noted in a previous news article, users of Windows XP are even more vulnerable to this exploit.

Until further notice, SVSU ITS recommends all users switch and use Firefox or Chrome. 

Download Firefox from: www.mozilla.org

Download Chrome from: www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser

To learn how change your default browser in Windows 7, watch this tutorial we put together: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKGU9UrS7c

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For more details about this CERT alert:  www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/222929

From Microsoft, their technical details and workaround are posted in the following article:

technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/security/2963983